What must it be like stepping into the wondrous Harry Potter universe for the first time? That's what happened to Saving Mr Banks actor Colin Farrell when he took on the role of wizard Percival Graves in dazzling new J.K. Rowling adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The movie takes its title from the fantastical textbook spotted within the Potter franchise, and acts as the first part of a three-act prequel to the Potter films. Beasts is set in early 20th century New York and explores magizoologist Newt Scamander's (Eddie Redmayne) adventures with his monster-stuffed briefcase.
Farrell's character Graves is a key member of the ensemble, being the right-hand-man of Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo), President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. As Farrell explains, it's time to prepare for a whole-new Rowling universe: different era, different city, different beasts and different characters, all of which promise to complement and expand our love of the record-busting Potter series.
"I mean you put that theme music up and J.K. Rowling and welcome back to a world of magic," Farrell tells ComingSoon.net. "It’s part of the Harry Potter universe. There’s no sure things. There are sometimes things that are surprise successes and there are things that were designed purely for box office success that don’t work. This would be as sure a thing as possible but there are no sure things."
Although Farrell says he's not sure whether he'll be back for the next instalment ("Not quite sure", he says), he admits that he loved being on the set with Oscar winner and newly minted British megastar Redmayne: "Yeah, he was great, Eddie and [Ezra Miller]. David Yates is an extraordinary man and filmmaker who kinda feels like a protector of the kingdom. He’s so well-versed in the mythology of that world and has a deep affinity for the characters and the lore of it. He was great to be around."
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is released on 18th November.